The Germany state of Brandenburg has announced the creation of a cultural center to honor the handicapped that were killed by the Nazi government’s euthanasia program called “Operation T4.”
The center will be located in one of the six institutions that the Nazis disguised as homes for the elderly but in reality were extermination camps. According to historians who spoke to Reuters, “more than 100,000 people were killed between 1940 and 1945 as part of the euthanasia policy put in place by Adolph Hitler.”
The Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of Brandenburg, which is overseeing the project, said that “almost $800,000 has been earmarked for the construction of the new center.” The date of inauguration for the new building has not been set.
“Hitler prepared the way for Operation T4 with propaganda films that portrayed the mentally and terminally ill as ‘useless mouths to feed’ who could be relieved from their suffering by a ‘sensible doctor’,” the Ministry said, adding that “Operation T4 was a precursor to the Holocaust.”
The Nazi euthanasia program ended in 1941 after widespread protests. However, the practice of killing patients by starvation or lethal injection continued.